March 9, 2017 11
Nick Xenophon's allegations that air traffic management at Melbourne's two airports have put public safety at serious risk are supported by this scathing ATSB report
February 15, 2017 25
It seems that air safety in Australia remains entirely a matter of business efficiency and $$$ government fees
February 7, 2017 11
One way to keep FNQ lovely and tidy is for airlines to ensure their flights have ALL of Cairns' runway available for take-off
November 8, 2016 4
Whoever is behind these dangerous false calls to airliners is either stupid or very poorly advised
July 29, 2016 12
The ATSB is there to make flying safer in Australia, not to bury or avoid matters that may embarrass the airlines and their regulator and air traffic services provider
February 7, 2016 20
*Updated with YouTube link ABC News, and possibly the commercial networks, will tonight air an inflight passenger video of a set of near collisions involving two Qantas 737s and an Emirates 777 at Melbourne Airport last July.
August 4, 2015 10
Dick Smith has written to the Minister responsible for Aviation, Deputy PM Warren Truss, describing current plans to upgrade Australian air traffic control as “verging on criminal negligence.”
June 27, 2015 6
Are we wasting millions, and destroying general aviation, by inadequately and unfairly introducing new air traffic control technology?
June 13, 2015 12
Dick Smith has driven a long series of disclosures in recent weeks in The Australian of absurdities in the administration of air services and safety in this country, and this morning’s installment concerning Lord Howe Island air traffic issues is by far the most telling.
May 29, 2015 1
Earlier this week the chief commissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, told a Senate Estimates hearing that he had decided not to investigate a three hour radar black out at Melbourne’s main airport at Tullamarine and the nearby smaller corporate and general aviation airport at Essendon.
March 21, 2015 9
In a week when the ATSB account of how AirServices ‘lost awareness’ of a Virgin Australia 737 most of the way between Sydney and Brisbane should have received more attention, the organisation is engaged in paper warfare.
March 5, 2015 1
It was more than a case of air traffic control error when two Qantas A330s were inadvertently directed to fly toward each other in airspace near Adelaide in a ‘loss of separation’ or near miss situation in 2013.
March 1, 2015 28
The Minister responsible for aviation and its safety, Warren Truss, has just released a statement about Australia participating with Indonesia and Malaysia in a trial of actually using to its potential existing non-radar based tracking technology on jet airliners flying across remote oceanic air routes. Such as the one believed to have been followed to […]
February 27, 2015 7
An ABC report says the long overdue merger of civil and military air traffic control is at last firmly committed to by Government. This could save many lives, rather than just the money that is mentioned as driving the decision.
February 25, 2015 1
While media attention was understandably diverted elsewhere in Senate Estimates hearings yesterday, AirServices Australia was given a grilling that raised some very serious safety, competency and integrity issues.
November 30, 2014 16
A disturbing dossier of evidence as to the unsatisfactory and abjectly incompetent state of public administration of air safety in Australia is being assembled by the hard core membership of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport.
October 23, 2014 11
Early this week during Senate Estimates hearings the CEO of AirServices Australia, Margaret Staib, was questioned as to why she didn’t refer a manager who stole up to $20,000 from the Commonwealth to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
October 2, 2014 20
Defence air traffic control at Darwin is arguably a greater risk to aviation than home grown terrorists
July 30, 2014 11
An incident involving Malaysia Airlines and Tigerair Australia at Adelaide Airport yesterday underlines the importance of a vigilant tower when an airline, in this case a local low cost carrier, stuffs up.
March 29, 2014 25
When a very senior Qantas captain was asked for an opinion about Australia’s air traffic control forcing a 300 passenger foreign jet to fly across the country at an altitude of less than 29,000 feet he said “That would be insane.” “It would be one of the most dangerous things you could ask of an […]